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Published:  23 July, 2008

A new service for wine importers is claiming it will bring down costs and help solve the growing problem of restricted tank availability'. Hellman Beverage Logistics (HBL) claims its new flexible tank' technology costs less to operate, does not require maintenance or cleaning and eliminates empty repositioning trips'. Roger Hack, director of HBL, said: There has been a significant increase in bulk wine traffic, particularly from Australia and South America. These wines are mainly packaged in the UK and France and have traditionally been transported using dedicated 20ft ISO tanks, which often need empty repositioning. Fast-growing demand is outstripping the availability of the dedicated tanks.' Two types of tank are available for lease or purchase. One is a single-trip unit, which after use is collapsed and sent for recycling. The other is a disposable liner protected by a reusable outer covering, which does not require fitted bulkheads. The outer covering is collapsible to minimise return freight costs. Hellman Perishable Logistics, HBL's parent company, will monitor shipments and provide logistics assistance if required. Although initially targeting the wine sector, HBL hopes to roll out the service to importers of fruit juices, edible oils and food additives.